Category: Live in Christ

Keeping Christ in Christmas - Our Family's Approach
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Keeping Christ in Christmas – Our Family’s Approach

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“Actions speak louder than words.”  “One picture is worth a thousand words.”  “Talk is cheap.”  There are lots of different sayings in the English language that generally express the same thing–words alone don’t do the necessary job of communicating, especially in the case of a personal message.  Like “I love you,” for instance. So human […]

When I Will Concern Myself with the Roman Curia
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When I Will Concern Myself with the Roman Curia

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Who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s up? Who’s down? Who’s headed up or headed down?  Whose influence is waxing or waning? Ah, Rome.  The Eternal City of intrigue. Ah, Vaticanistas. Of making many speculations there is no end. I will concern myself with the goings on of the Roman Curia when: All the dust is gone […]

Mary: More Than Just a Character in a Story
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Mary: More Than Just a Character in a Story

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I regularly receive an email called “Daily Heartlight.” It features reflections by a rotating group of people, all of them Protestant and most of them preachers. Most of my spiritual reading is Catholic, but I find these often have good insight about faith and Scripture. As we’re approaching Christmas, several reflections have involved Mary and […]

The Advent of Virtue: Week Three
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The Advent of Virtue: Week Three

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Rejoice! (Gaudete!) We’re already halfway through the season of Advent. If you missed Weeks One and Two, or if you would like to reread them, they can be found here and here. This week, we match the cardinal virtue of temperance to our Advent journey. THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT (December 15-21): TEMPERANCE The Apostle James exhorts us in […]

The Fred Who Tricked Me
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The Fred Who Tricked Me

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Well, his name isn’t really Fred, but when I’m telling a real story about real people and maybe the people don’t come out sounding too good, I like to make up a pseudonym.  I just think it’s the decent thing to do.  I’m writing about Fred because he’s an example of really bad, I mean epically […]

Advent: Waiting Like Mary and Joseph
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Advent: Waiting Like Mary and Joseph

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I have just finished my annual routine of climbing into the attic and hauling out the box that stores our much-used Advent wreath. Candles? Check. Prayers? Check. Matches? We’ll need to get more of those. Like most families, the season of Advent falls right in the middle of a very busy time. School, work, extracurricular […]

Why Aren't They Preaching About What I Think is Important?
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Why Aren’t They Preaching About What I Think is Important?

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Catholics tend to have a love/hate relationship with the concept of a homily.  In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis laments how everyone suffers when it comes to the homily.  The priest suffers because he has to give it, and the laity suffers having to listen.  This can be made worse by the fact that preachers can have […]

Second Sunday of Advent: How's Your New Year Going?
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Second Sunday of Advent: How’s Your New Year Going?

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The Advent season includes the feasts of many popular saints, including St. Nicholas, St. Ambrose, St. Juan Diego, and St. Lucy.  As I mentioned in my post about St. Nicholas, I didn’t learn much about the lives of the saints until I was an adult. I recognized St. Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day because they […]

The Advent of Virtue – Week Two
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The Advent of Virtue – Week Two

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Last week we kicked off the Fathers for Good Advent series with a reflection on the virtue of fortitude and discussed ways in which it can help us grow with our families in these blessed days before Christmas. (You can read Week One here.) This week, we match the cardinal virtue of prudence to our Advent […]

Winter and Our Desire for Holy Silence
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Winter and Our Desire for Holy Silence

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I never have been a big fan of winter. Give me 90-degree temperatures with a chance to wear shorts and a T-shirt rather than 20 degrees, layers of clothing and slick streets. I’ll take baseball, walks to the ice cream shop and the smell of fresh-cut grass any time. Well, there is one thing I […]

Why Religion Matters More Than Science
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Why Religion Matters More Than Science

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I just finished writing a thesis about the late Father Stanley Jaki’s work for a Master’s degree in Theology, and my brain hurts. I love that about scholarship. You learn, assimilate, and then possess new knowledge. It’s hard, but you earn it. In the end, it’s more exciting than going to the mall, buying a […]

Filling Soles on St. Nick’s Day
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Filling Soles on St. Nick’s Day

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Growing up, Saint Nicholas Day meant three things:  the fireplace, stocking caps, and the biggest pair of shoes you could find. It started the evening before, when we finished the family rosary.  We always ended our rosary with the ‘blowing of the candle.’  Well, actually it wasn’t a candle, it was a little oil lamp […]

This is My Calling, This is My Vocation
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This is My Calling, This is My Vocation

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I am a conundrum: a rather outmoded sort of woman, ridiculed by modern career women, vilified by the earth’s prophets of doom and sanctified by the religious right. I was the least likely candidate to have a lot of children. I had never even held a baby before my first born.You would think having nine children would have […]

O Holy Night
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O Holy Night

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A reflection on today’s Sacred Scripture: “They glorified the God of Israel” (Matthew 15:31). Wherever we turn these days, Christmas music plays, and for some of us this year, the words to the traditional carols we’ve come to know by heart have suddenly taken on new meaning. Old familiar jingles about Christ’s birth now seem […]

Pouring Ourselves Out
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Pouring Ourselves Out

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Trying to come up with an intentional and authentic name for a blog is challenging. It needs to encompass a bit of who we are, and inviting enough for further readership outside of one’s own loving mother. I ended up choosing; Poured Myself Out In Gift. It is not something mind-blowing to be sure, or […]

The Advent of Virtue – Week One
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The Advent of Virtue – Week One

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How do we make “Keep Christ in Christmas” more than a bumper sticker in our family’s life? This Advent, let us prepare to welcome our Savior into our homes and into our hearts in a new and special way, setting our own pace for the season and setting aside the commercial pressures of the culture. […]

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Ten Tips To Help You Stay a Sane and Effective Catholic

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Just diving right in: 1. Do not get your news and information about your religion, your Church, your Pope, or anything even remotely related to any of the aforementioned, from secular mainstream media, whether televised, in print, or online.  They are not with us, and they are not neutral.  They are against us.  Moreover, they […]

Faith Comes Down to This
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Faith Comes Down to This

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Living the Christian faith comes down to these three ways of life: prayer, humility, and obedience.  No matter who you are or where you come from, if you truly want to be a committed and faithful Christian: (1) you must spend some serious time engaged in vocal prayer (both privately and with the community in […]

Miracle of Faith
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Miracle of Faith

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A reflection on today’s Sacred Scripture: “One of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice” (Luke 17:15). Jesus always responds to prayers made in faith. The faith of the ten lepers brought them a miraculous cure, but the faith of one brought him back to the feet of Jesus, where […]

Did You Run Out of Sins?
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Did You Run Out of Sins?

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Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman once said: “Faith is illuminative, not operative; it does not force obedience, though it increases responsibility; it heightens guilt, but it does not prevent sin. The will is the source of action.” If the will is the source of action and faith is illuminative because it comes from God, then […]

Creating a Monastery in your Catholic Homeschool in 10 Steps
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Creating a Monastery in your Catholic Homeschool in 10 Steps

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When I was in college, I prayed and discerned a vocation to become a sister or a nun.  I was enthralled by the Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart, since I had had the honor of working with and forthem at a Catholic School in Florida.  Fortunately for me, I was assigned to work with […]

Sing to the Lord a New Song
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Sing to the Lord a New Song

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“Sing to the Lord a new song” (Psalm 98:1). A reflection on today’s Sacred Scripture: Today’s Responsorial Psalm speaks of the freshness of prayer we experience with a new life in Christ. Our prayers of petition become enhanced by prayers of praise—that is, God becomes the object of our prayers and we begin to honor […]

God is Faithful to Us
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God is Faithful to Us

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As persons and as a Church we have been challenged during the Year of Faith to reach deep within ourselves to truly know, understand, and live the reality that God is a Most Holy Trinity, that God chose to become incarnate so that we would know Him in the most intimate ways possible, and that […]

When the Vicar of Christ Imitates Christ, Why is it so Alarming?
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When the Vicar of Christ Imitates Christ, Why is it so Alarming?

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It now seems so long ago, but just eight months ago Pope Benedict the Beloved resigned the papacy. Catholics had no modern frame of reference for such an event, and many with agendas of their own in the news media, and even in the Church, used our shock and dismay to sow discord and doubt. […]

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